Taking care of your wellbeing during COVID-19
As we all settle into ‘a new normal’ of working from home as a result of the current pandemic, we tend to overlook how the extended period of isolation has an impact on our mental and physical health. This is often overlooked, we look at some proactive steps to take care of our wellbeing during this time.
Find familiarity in the unfamiliar
The disruption to our normal routine can be unsettling and stressful, however, finding and sticking to a routine at home will help you to have control over how you manage your day and maintain a sense of normality. While it would be difficult to emulate a typical working day in the office at home, everyone will adapt differently to the new challenges of remote working.
Don’t underestimate the power of sleeping and waking at the same time every day, getting dressed to work and finding a comfortable space to work that supports your physical wellbeing, and your back!
Creating a work/life balance
If there isn’t a clear divide between your professional and personal life (especially when the location they take place in is now the same), this can cause you to feel burned out and stressed.
It can be easy to continue working throughout lunch, into the evenings and at weekends. However, it’s important to clearly mark your lunchbreak, the end of your working day and your working week.
Take time away from technology completely at lunchtime and use the time to do something you enjoy, such as listening to music, cooking a new recipe or getting some fresh air.
Feed your body and mind by learning new skills or revisiting old hobbies
Whilst it may be tempting to sit at home and snack, what we eat affects how we feel both physically and mentally, so do your best to eat well and keep hydrated. If you enjoy cooking, or want to learn how to bake from scratch, now is a great time to upgrade your meals.
Studies show that physical activity is vital in lowering the risk of depression so try and do a weekly activity or check out You Tube for inspiration, such as yoga. Simply going on a short bike ride will be a benefit, however, ensure you continue to respect social distancing rules.
Keep connected with colleagues
Relationships are key to our mental wellbeing and working in a friendly, supportive and connected team is hugely important in a working environment. Collaborate with your workmates throughout the day and use the opportunity to share what you are working on, discuss any concerns and how you can all help each other.
Instead of using email, why not call or video chat with your team using MS Teams or Zoom. Don’t feel it has to be work-related – talk about film recommendations, dinner ideas or anything else you’d chat over whilst making a cup of tea. It will be surprising how uplifted you can feel by taking some time in the day to replicate the social interaction you would usually experience in the office.
You could also try putting on virtual social events for you and your colleagues – including video call launches, coffee break chats and pub quizzes – and be entertained at home outside of working hours.
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